It's been a little over 30 days that I have been trying an AIP (Auto-Immune Paleo) challenge for myself. I wanted to help my thyroid function since I have been sluggish and my body has been out of whack. The biggest and baddest symptom for me was my extreme fatigue.
My journey for 30 days was very difficult and no week was perfect. I want to say that I was "good" for 80% of the time. So many things came into play like busy days and occasional I forgot to prep my food, not to mention revamping my fridge and pantry for this event. Also that I was the only one in the house doing AIP.
To my surprise I thought that I would die if I didn't have my oatmeal or bread rolls. I didn't miss it as long as it wasn't in my face. I did miss eggs. That was hard for me. I ran out of ideas on what to have for breakfast. I am a big breakfast eater..I can eat breakfast for dinner.
I couldn't incorporate some things into the diet because either I couldn't afford it or I just don't eat that kind of food...for example....organ meat. I can't...
I did this challenge to see if I could reset my body. I found out a few things just by doing some of the things listed in this diet and only doing it 80% out of the whole month.
I found that after 4 weeks, I have lots of energy. The first 2-3 weeks I was tired, but my energy seemed to come out of nowhere. I didn't require naps after work most days. My sleep was also deeper and I therefore felt well rested.
I was able to increase my exercise days from 3 days a week to 5 days a week....just cause I felt overall better.
I ate way too many carbs....more than average. I was so unbalanced. Eventually I will add back oatmeal once in awhile, but I don't want to feel sluggish so I will see how that goes. I am really enjoying wrapping most things in romaine lettuce like tuna fish, burgers, or taco meat.
I went from 300lbs to 290lbs. I can feel it in my clothes even though I don't see it in the mirror.
I am most happy with energy levels. I have started doing regular paleo for now. Maybe next time I will do the challenge again and stick to it 100%. If 80% did this much, I can imagine how good it will be to do the whole thing.
I figure that I will take it day by day and not to beat myself up when I have a slip up. The important thing is to not give up when I mess up. The next meal will be better.
I also just take it week by week. I don't look at the length of time so I won't get discouraged. It's been working so far.
I have also found out that weight loss is a lonely journey. Unfortunately, long time friends have stated that I am TOO focused on myself. Well, YES!!! My health is important to me. I also realize that I will not allow people to sabotage me. I have come too far. I think that they have mistaken "my focus on myself" with confidence. Oh well......
Keep my head down and keep at it.
Have a great weekend!